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Save the date October 27th 2019!!!

Burren Food Fayre

Save the date 27th October 2019….

The Burren Food Fayre “Taste without Waste” 28th of October 2018

The Pavaillion, Lisdoonvarna, Co.Clare    

October Bank Holiday Weekend will see the 7th Annual Year of the Burren Food Fayre. This food themed weekend  #TasteWithoutWaste encompasses a Foraging Walk with Oonagh O’Dwyer of Wild Kitchen, food stalls and chef demonstrations. It is an opportunity for local producers to showcase their range of local produce from the Burren region.

Each year on the October Bank Holiday weekend The Burren Food Fayre plays a part in the festivities for the Winterage Festival, which is celebrated in the towns and villages of the Burren. This harvest celebration , at the end of the growing season, emphasises the unique way of farming  on the limestone land, culminating in a cattle drive to the uplands.

Seven years ago, the Burren Beo organisation instigated this idea of drawing in the communities of the Burren area to make a collective impact. They asked all the towns and villages to choose a theme that would reflect their community. So Lisdoonvarna selected the theme of ‘Food’ and the Conservation Advocacy subgroup of the Burren Ecotourism Network developed this theme into the Food Fayre based in the Pavilion.  Six years on we have developed and added to the format of the Burren Food Fayre so that it now spans two days and attracts both locals and tourists.  This becomes the second major Food festival in the Burren bookending the foodie season in the area at the other end of the season from the Burren Slow Food festival in May

The Fayre will Open @ 12 noon on Sunday 28th October and will close at 5pm after the Awards and raffle. 

ProgrammeBurren Food Fayre2018_a4poster

11.00     Foraging Walks led by Oonagh O’Dwyer Wild Kitchen & Lisa Guinan Irish Herbal Roots

11.00     Children’s’ Upcycling Workshop with Cynthia Cox

12.00     Burren Food Market stallholders open for business

12.45     Official Opening of the Burren Food Fayre – John Wilson – Irish Times Food & Wine writer

13.00     Food demo by David Gouman – Head Chef of the Merriman Hotel – Kinvara

14.00     Food demo by Anna Haugh – London based Irish chef

15.00     Food demo by Robbie McCauley – Head Chef of Gregans Castle Hotel – Ballyvaughan

16.00     Food demo by Niamh Fox – Owner & Chef of Little Fox Restaurant – Ennistymon

About the Chefs

Anna Haugh:  

Originally from Dublin, Anna Haugh was taught to cook by her Mother. Although Anna’s training is mainly in modern European leaning towards French technique shAnae has always had an unbreakable connection to Irish food.
After working at L’Ecrivain in Dublin Anna moved to London where she worked for a number of prestigious restaurants including as head chef at Gordon Ramsey’s London House. She has appeared in three series of BBC’s Royal Recipes and is a regular on Saturday kitchen. She is currently setting up a new restaurant – Myrtle – in Chelsea which will be a benchmark for the best for Irish cuisine. She plans to use premium Irish producers many of whom are Burren based. At the Burren Food Fayre Anna’s demo is entitled “Game On!” -using the whole of Irish game. Game has been in our bellies for hundreds of years. We ate game before we ate potatoes.
Robbie McCauley:

Robbie Having worked in Michelin starred restaurants such as Kilkenny’s Campagne and Edinburgh’s restaurant Number One Robbie McCauley has taken over the kitchen in Gregans Castle Hotel Ballyvaughan.  His cooking is championing local producers and suppliers in a relaxed modern cooking style.

At the Burren Food Fayre Robbie will be doing a dish with monkfish cheeks, local langoustines, foraged seaweeds and homegrown shore vegetables.



Niamh Fox:

Niamh Fox chef and owner of Little Fox cafe, has been in the thick of it all summer cooking the never ending cNiamhourgettes supply that has been coming her way. Now that the autumn is setting in the marrows are now rolling in. Niamh will being doing a demonstration at the Burren Food Fayre getting creative using the end of harvest season over grown, unloved vegetables that this time of year brings us.  Niamh opened Little Fox in Ennistymon this summer with her husband Sam Gleeson after working at a number of impressive restaurants that include Ard Bia and Kai in Galway and Rochelle Canteen in London


The theme of the 7th Annual Burren Food Fayre is Taste Without Waste.  Workshops, walks and practical demonstrations will show you how to upcycle plastic waste into fun decorations, minimise land fill waste, make your food waste into nutritious compost and obtain fabulous food and miraculous medicine from the hedgerows around us for free.  Food demos by an exciting line up of local and international chefs will focus on maximal use of local, seasonal, foraged, sustainable and organic foodstuffs.  Stallholders will provide compostable ware for food to be consumed at the event and the entire festival aims to operate without generating any single use plastic waste. Bring your #BurrenKeepCup or buy one at the Fayre for discounted beverages.  The Burren Food Fayre is part of the Burren Winterage Festival and is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network.

In addition to this year’s theme “Taste without waste” the Burren Food Fayre have engaged with engreener clare logo Smallvironmental consultancy, Fifty Shades Greener, on a quest to “Green” the festival and reduce the Carbon Footprint and environmental impact to the community. This collaboration has been made possible with help from Clare County Council and their Greener Clare Initiative and funding received through the Local Agenda 21 environmental Partnership fund. The festival will seek to reduce and minimise all types of waste generated, ensure waste segregation, reduce packaging, abolish all single use plastic and increase public awareness and collaboration through signage, children upcycling workshops and information stalls on waste and recycling. Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer, Clare County Council, commented, “While guidelines for greening of festivals are very helpful, community groups need engagement and support through focussed training.” The Food Fayre committee and Fifty Shades Greener will work with the community of Lisdoonvarna so that the lessons learnt from the Burren Food Fayre can be used and applied to other festival and events over the year.

For further information about the Fayre:

Contact Raquel Noboa on

Venue: The Pavilion (Town Hall) Lisdoonvarna. Free to enter.

How to get Here, please consider using public transport to reduce your own carbon emmissions coming to this event! Check out all of your options Here

This event is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network, part funded by Clare Coco, in conjunction with Burren Beo Winterage Festival (Wintergae Festival) and it is kindly sponsored by Calor Gas.


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